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Monroe Eliot Wall (1916 – July 6, 2002) was an American chemist, who co-discovered, with Mansukh C. Wani, paclitaxel and camptothecin, two anti-cancer drugs considered standard in the treatment to fight ovarian, breast, lung and colon cancers.[1] On May 27, 1987 Wall received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Pharmacy at Uppsala University, Sweden.[2]

Monroe Eliot Wall
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Monroe Wall and Mansukh C. Wani (right)
Newark, New Jersey
DiedJuly 6, 2002
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Alma materRutgers University (BS, MS, PhD)
Research Triangle Institute

Wall was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1916. He completed his BS, MS, and PhD at Rutgers University. He joined the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1941 and worked at the USDA until 1960. That year, he started a research group at RTI International, where he remained for the duration of his career.[3]


  1. ^ O’Connor, Anahad (July 11, 2002). "Monroe Wall, 85, Discoverer Of Drugs That Fight Cancer". The New York Times. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
  2. ^ "Honorary Doctors of the Faculty of Pharmacy". Uppsala University.
  3. ^ Wani, Mansukh C. (December 15, 2002). "In Memoriam: Monroe E. Wall (1916–2002)". Cancer Research. 62 (24): 7377.

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